MN Nuisance Wilflife Control
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MUSKRAT REMOVAL
Description
Muskrat MinnetonkaThe muskrat is a stout, chunky animal with short legs. An adult ranges from 22 to 25 inches long. The 11-inch black tail is scaly, practically hairless and laterally flattened. It is used as a prop when the animal is on its hind feet and is also an aid to swimming. The average weight of a mature muskrat is about 2.5 pounds. The large, broad hind feet are partially webbed and well-adapted for swimming. Muskrats are seldom found far from water. They prefer the still or slow-moving water of marshes, ponds and streams. Muskrats are active year-round and, while usually nocturnal, may move during daylight hours. The muskrat is primarily a vegetarian, feeding mostly on the roots and stems of aquatic plants and, if they occur near water, such items as legumes, grasses, grains, garden crops and apples. Muskrats live in houses constructed of vegetation or in burrows dug into banks. Both houses and burrows have underwater entrances and above-water living chambers. Muskrats breed from early spring until fall, giving birth to several litters of from four to seven young. The young are born naked and helpless in protected nest chambers in houses or bank burrows. Young muskrats grow rapidly and are independent at an early age.
 
Damage
Although Muskrat can be serious agricultural pests, in Minnesota most of the damage they cause is the tunneling they do to the landscaping and lawns.  Extensive tunneling into earthen dams may result in water leaks or even in the loss of stored water. These tunnels create hazards for lawn mowers, golf carts and will collapse when walked on. Muskrats have been known to girdle young trees, eat your ornamental plants and consume your garden produce.
 
Muskrat Control
Whether you live on a small pond or have many ponds, Nuisance Wildlife Control can handle your muskrat problem. We have the best success when we can do Muskrat control on the whole pond, so if you have neighbors that also border the pond its best to work with them in solving your muskrat problem. If the pond is too big or your neighbors won’t cooperate we can also run exclusion wire to prevent the tunneling.

Exclusion
To keep the muskrats from tunneling in your yard we can run exclusion wire. Nuisance Wildlife Control will lay the wire flat against the banks, and fasten it down every few feet to keep it in place. Wire will extend
Muskratfrom a foot above to at least three feet below water level. Since the wire will eventually corrode, this method is not recommended for ponds where swimming is planned. NWC can also run rip-rapping with coarse stone or gravel to prevent muskrats from digging into the banks or dam slopes of ponds. The material will be applied in a layer about six inches thick and will extend from one foot above to three feet below water level. Although this is the most expensive method it will also protects the pond banks and earthen fill from wave action.



Diseases

Muskrats have been known to carry rabies, intestinal bacteria, Leptospirosis, and tularemia.